Pumpkin Pie From Scratch

There's nothing like making a pumpkin pie from scratch. This beautifully presented pumpkin pie is encased in delicate sheets of filo pastry. Learn how to create this gorgeous pie from scratch.

For the best natural flavors, cook fresh pumpkin

Step 1: Prepare Pumpkin

  • 1 pound/500 grams pumpkin. Butternut is my preferred
  • water
  • salt
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives or parsley
  • a good shake of freshly ground pepper
Remove the skin and remove the seeds from the fruit, wash, cut into chunks

Trim and prepare pumpkin

Dice the pumpkin into large chunks

Step 2: Cook

To cook fresh pumpkin, place chunks of the fruit into a saucepan with lots of salted water and boil till very tender.

There is no need to cut the chunks into even sizes as it will be mashed for the filling.

Boil the pumpkin till very soft

Step 3: Puree

Add 1 generous heaped tablespoon of sour cream, then puree the pumpkin using a potato masher or blender. I use a masher given there is only a small amount to puree.

Puree The Pumpkin

Step 4: Seasoning

Add seasoning as suits your taste. Be generous with the herbs and add a good amount of freshly ground black pepper. This adds depth to the flavor of the pumpkin pie.

Combine them well.

Add sour cream and seasoning To The Pureed Pumpkin

Do a taste test and adjust the seasoning as suits your taste.

The seasoned cooked pumpkin you have made from scratch is now ready as pie filling. Leave this for a moment while you prepare the chicken filling and filo pastry.


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